EVICTION MORATORIUM: Can’t Pay Rent Tomorrow? Sample Letter to Send Your Landlord

As you may know, Mayor Breed implemented a temporary moratorium for evictions based on non-payment of rent for coronavirus-related reasons. Under the temporary moratorium, a tenant cannot be evicted IF ALL the following requirements are met: 1) the rental payment first became due on or after March 13, 2020; 2) the tenant was unable to pay rent because of the financial impacts related to COVID-19; 3) the tenant notifies the landlord within 30 days of when the rent was due that tenant is unable to pay due to the financial impacts related to COVID-19; AND 4) within 7 days after notifying the landlord, the tenant provides documentation or other verifiable information that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19. After the temporary moratorium expires (April 12, 2020, unless extended by an additional 30 days by the Mayor), the tenant shall have up to six months to pay the rent owed before the landlord may recover possession. The Eviction Defense Collaborative, the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits, has provided sample letters (in English, Spanish, and Chinese) that tenants can personalize to send to their landlords. Please feel free to use and share with anyone who may be interested! Link below.